Sunday, July 5, 2009

Learning Technology - Flip Video

It's been a while since my last post so to quickly catch you up, I've been to Boston and back, survived a broken down bus and a 5 hour wait at a Pennsylvania truck stop for a replacement and I still haven't finished my grown up book. That means I haven't read any kid lit for while and honestly, I miss it! Any way, I haven't been doing nothing, I'm still working on my summer goal of learning technology to use with the kids in the library next year. As much as I love my books, they will always come first as I have said many times, I realize I'm doing a disservice to the students of Bailey by not including some very cool technology to help them look at the books in an entirely different way. The thing I've been working with lately is a Flip video camera. Franki put me onto this thing, so I bought one to play with over the summer to see if I think I can use it with students next year.

Over the Fourth of July I was in my hometown of Ashland, Ohio where they host a hot air balloon festival every year. It's very cool to see these gentle giants up close and my middle sister and her daughter actually crew for one of the balloons. This has allowed my daughter to participate as well, and two years ago, she actually got to fly in the balloon. Yes, the lovely Mrs. Prosser and I are a bit jealous of this fact. Anyway, I took the Flip camera along and just shot a bunch of short clips of balloons taking off and then in the evening they do a "balloon glow" where the pilots shoot flames into the grounded balloons and light them up, very cool. I edited the film using iMovie and added the song Flying from the Peter Pan soundtrack I believe, pretty easy and fun. Have a look and let me know what you think. If you're interested, the balloon my family is involved with is called Conglomeration and is black with various colors running vertically down the sides.
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12 comments:

  1. WAY COOL, Bill!!! You rock! Now you can give me lessons on how to get your movie from iMovie to Blogger!!!

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  2. Just beautiful Bill! If this book thing doesn't work out consider film making!

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  3. I've got to agree with ML -- way cool! I love the music with this video -- perfect.

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  4. Hey Bill--nice post! I'm participating in a National Writing Project summer institute right now, and they gave us Flip Video cams, but we haven't talked much about how they might be used in the classroom. What are some of your ideas for using them with students? (Are you thinking about having them record book talks...?)

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  5. Awesome! What a terrific video! I am ready for lessons.

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  6. WOW! This is amazing. The quality is like a pro. Very impressive. I'll need a few lessons. Mine are very chunky and obviously edited.Would love to hear how you'll use the flip with kids.

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  7. Love it!!! Great video Bill!!!

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  8. Wow! That's pretty cool. You need to work a deal with the folks that organize and promote Balloonfest! It was nice seeing you guys last weekend.

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  9. I'm messing around with a new Flip camera for school over the summer too - I've only used the software that came with the camera - I'll have to try editing in a different program (like you did in iMovie). Thanks for the inspiration!

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  10. Wow! Bill, that was beautiful! Now, I need to learn more about Flip Cameras. There's always something new to learn, isn't there? I can't wait to see how you use it with kids. I'm getting ready to write a grant for doing digital storytelling. This may be something I need to ask for.

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  11. This is so cool Bill! and what a wonderful choice for background music! terrific.

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  12. I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


    Margaret

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